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Nilüfer Göle


(Ankara, Turkey 1953) Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her work focuses on multiple modernities, public space and Islam, and she is a leading expert on the social repercussions of intercultural relations and well-known for her research on the role of Muslim women in Western countries. Prof. Göle’s key publications include such standard-bearing works as The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism (University of Princeton Press, 2010), wherein she questions views pitting a modern, secular West against a form of Islam anchored in faith and tradition. In recent years, she has published Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe’s Public Sphere (Duke University Press, 2015) and The Daily Lives of Muslims: Islam and Public Confrontation in Contemporary Europe (Zed Books, 2017).

Update: 22 November 2017



Europe City

Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space

Has participated in

The return of religion: Globalisation, belief and the public sphere

Lecture by José Casanova and Nilüfer Göle

The Democratic Imaginary in the Era of Globalization

XXIII Conference of the Academy of Latinity

Theologies of power

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe

European islam